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As insensitive as it sounds, the death of Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis might speed the process of bringing an NFL back to Los Angeles.The logic is pretty simple: the more teams that are interested in moving to LA, the more likely it is that someone will pull the trigger on a deal.
And now, the Raiders might be interested.
Davis’ Raiders left LA and returned to Oakland in 1995. In the time since, it became clear that it’d take a lot to get him to move back.
Nonetheless, Davis took a meeting with AEG — the company that wants to build a football stadium in downtown LA — last spring to talk about a potential move, according to Yahoo!’s Michael Silver.
The discussions were short, with Davis rejecting the idea that AEG would own a significant portion of the franchise.
Now that Davis has passed away though, a lot of people believe that the Raiders are back among the handful of teams that would welcome a move to LA.
“There’s so much uncertainty, and this definitely changes the game,” an NFL owner told Silver. “As far as L.A., now the race is on, and the Raiders returning just became a lot more viable.”
In order to starting building the stadium, AEG needs an agreement with an NFL team to play there. But so far, teams have balked at AEG’s demand that they give up control of ticket sales, advertising, and sponsorships.
Now that the Raiders are theoretically in the market, current NFL owners might be willing to cede to some of AEG’s demands in order to make sure they are the lucky team that gets to play in the lucrative LA market.
There are a lot of other theories and scenarios. And who knows what obstacles are still out there.
But if the Raiders are in the mix, the “race” to LA speeds up.
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